Team BikeExchange women go full force into the first UCI Women’s WorldTour stage race of the season, Vuelta a Burgos Feminas, lining-up with talented climbers in the form of Amanda Spratt and local Basque rider Ane Santesteban, who has enjoyed three top-10 finishes in the recent Spanish races.
Alongside the duo, giving the team extra strength and depth, are in-form Australian’s with Brugge De-Panne winner Grace Brown and Australian champion Sarah Roy, plus New Zealand champion Georgia Williams and Italian sprinter Arianna Fidanza.
The four-day race is bookended by summit finishes and is set to be a challenging one with the heavy undulating roads in the northern region of Spain, with 2021 being the first ever edition of the race for the women’s peloton.
Team BikeExchange atVuelta a Burgos Feminas 20-23rd:
Grace Brown (AUS)
Arianna Fidanza (ITA)
Sarah Roy (AUS)
Ane Santesteban (ESP)
Amanda Spratt (AUS)
Georgia Williams (NZL)
“It is really motivating to be at a new race and especially at a new WorldTour stage race. I am excited to get the stage racing part of the season underway and this is certainly an important race for us in preparation for the Giro d’Italia.
Ane has shown that she is in really strong form from the past races and also some of the other girls, so I think we have a great team. You always have a chance to win every race and I think this week we will have to play it smart, Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen have shown how strong they are at the moment.
There are four really quite different stages in this race, we know the wind can play a part, there’s a punchy uphill finish, a longer uphill finish, so there’s many different characteristics to each stage and we know the final stage will be really decisive for the general classification.”
Alejandro Gonzales-Tablas – Sport Director
“The team has been working really well together, we have been taking good initiatives and creating the races we wanted. It is the first WorldTour stage race of the season and it is definitely going to be a very high level.
The stages are interesting, there’s some hard finishes and there’s some short stages which can make it very fast racing. We come to the race with the clear focus to play the GC with Ane and Spratt. We have a strong team and a pretty good balance of riders.”
2021 Vuelta a Burgos Feminas Race Details:
Thursday, 20th May: Stage 1, Villadiego to Sargentes de la Lora, 100km
Friday, 21st May: Stage 2, Pedrosa de Valdeporres to Villarcayo, 97km
Saturday, 22nd May: Stage 3, Medina de Pomar to Complejo Karstico ojo Guarena, 115.4km
Sunday, 23rd May: Stage 4, Quintana de la Sierra to Lagunas de Neila, 123.3km
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